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Hugh John Donnelly
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Birth: Nov. 20, 1890
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 6, 1964
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA

Hugh John Donnelly was the third of five known children born to Clarence Walworth Donnelly and Sarah Elizabeth McGinnis. Four of those children grew to adulthood.

Hugh's four siblings were:

1887 Clarence Walworth Donnelly, Jr.
1888 Jane Louise "Jennie: Donnelly
1892 Walworth Vincent Donnelly
1895 Unnamed stillborn girl

Hugh's mother died 06 Apr 1896 following the birth of her stillborn daughter on 28 Mar 1895. Hugh's father was remarried on 07 Sep 1898 to Aagrat Ovidia Hansen who was from Norway. Her parents were Olaf Hansen (from Sweden), and Amalie Sophie Christiansen (from Norway).

In the 1915 New York State Census, Hugh J. Donnelly (aged 24) was shown living in Queens, New York as head of a household with occupation "contractor." Also in that household was Walworth V. Donnelly (aged 22) identified as "brother," and Jennie L. Donnelly (aged 26) identified as "sister."

Hugh John Donnelly and Mary Jewell Pridgen were married Thursday evening, 10 Mar 1927 in Malba, Long Island, New York. Jewell's parents were Dr. James Edward Pridgen and Josephine Charlotte "Josie" McManus of Thomaston, Texas. Jewell was born and raised in Thomaston. She had two siblings, both of whom died as infants.

In the Saturday, 12 Mar 1927 issue of "The Brooklyn Daily Eagle," New York, the following announcement of Jewell's and Hugh's marriage appeared.


Miss Jewell Pridgen and Hugh J. Donnelly of Flushing, L.I., were married at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Young of Malba, L.I. at 9 o'clock Thursday evening. Miss Pridgen is the daughter of Dr. J. E. Pridgen of Thomaston, Tex., and has been attending Columbia University during the past year.

Mr. Donnelly is a lieutenant with the Naval Reserve Forces and served during the war with the Overseas Convoy Forces.

Dr. Thomas H. MacKenzie of the Dutch Reformed Church, Flushing, performed the ceremony, after which a supper was served. Mr. and Mrs. Donnelly then left for Atlantic City for a two weeks' stay."

Hugh's Texas death certificate showed the cause of death was pulmonary fibrosis. He had been in the Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital for 12 days prior to his death. His last residence address was shown as 241 Halcyon Place, Alamo Heights, San Antonio, Texas.

Also on his death certificate, his parents were identified as Clarence W. Donnelly and Sarah E. McGuiness. The informant for his death certificate was Mrs. Jewell P. Donnelly.

From his obituary that was published in the Tuesday, 07 Jan 1964 edition of "The San Antonio Express," page 4-D:

Hugh J. Donnelly, 73, of 241 Halcyon Pl., San Antonio, construction firm owner for the past 21 years died Monday.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y. and graduate of the Cooper Union Institute Engineering School, Donnelly was with a leading general contracting firm in New York City for 30 years before moving to San Antonio to open his own business.

Donnelly served with the U.S. Navy during World War I and was a former amateur golf champion of Long Island, N.Y.

He was a member of St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church, the Builders Exchange of Texas, and the Military Engineers Organization.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Jewell Pridgen Donnelly, and one sister.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Porter Loring Chapel followed by Requiem Mass in St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church. Burial with full military honors, will be in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Special thanks to contributor Burgess Donnelly (# 101717373) for finding and sending the 12 Mar 1927 news article about Jewell's and Hugh's marriage and other information about Hugh's parents and siblings.
Family links: 
  Clarence Walworth Donnelly (1856 - 1914)
  Sarah Elizabeth McGuinness Donnelly (____ - 1896)
  Mary Jewell Pridgen Donnelly (1903 - 1983)
  Jane Louise Donnelly Mullin (1888 - 1928)*
  Hugh John Donnelly (1890 - 1964)
  Walworth Vincent Donnelly (1892 - 1951)*
  Carolyn Leigh Donnelly (1900 - 1987)**
*Calculated relationship
Note: ENS, US Navy, World War I
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section X Site 3492
Maintained by: Bob Webb
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Feb 25, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 591415
Hugh John Donnelly
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Hugh John Donnelly
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